Demand for 100K engineers over next ten years in Canada

engineer-architect-construction-Canada-employment-Condo.ca

A report on the labour market for fourteen engineering occupations in Canada says that about 100,000 new engineers will be needed in the next ten years to replace those who are retiring and to fill new jobs as the economy expands. The country is facing a skills gap, the report says, as senior level engineers retire, leaving a workforce that is not necessarily qualified to replace them. New recruits will have to come from engineering’s “underrepresented groups,” women and aboriginal Canadians, as well as from traditional sources.

The greatest demand will be for civil, mechanical, electrical/electronic, and computer engineers. The greatest number of engineering jobs are in Ontario, but shifting economic activity from region to region will play a large part in the demand. With high demand for their work, and an economy expected to grow, the future of engineering in Canada is “bright,” according to the CEO of Engineers Canada, the group that published the ten-year forecast of employment by sector and by province.

Civil engineers, most of whom work in the architectural, engineering and related services industry, will be in greatest demand. Ontario will employ 12,000–13,000 civil engineers between now and 2025, with 700 new civil engineers needed each year until 2019 to meet expansion and replacement needs. From then until 2025, demand will drops off to just over 600 job openings per year.

civil-engineer-Canada-employment-skills-gap-EDIWeekly
Top 25 employment estimates for Civil Engineers by industry and province, 2015–2025. Source: Engineers Canada

 

Over 7,000 mechanical engineers are employed in Ontario in the architectural, engineering and related services industry, and another 14,000 in various types of manufacturing (transportation equipment, machinery, metal products, computer and electronics, electrical equipment), utilities, and trade contracting. The province will need close to 800 new mechanical engineers each year between 2015 and 2025.

Similar numbers of electrical engineers are employed in Ontario and just over 700 will be needed in each of the next ten years to replace retirees and accommodate expansion. In the next five years, the province will need to hire an average of 792 new electrical engineers.

Computer engineers make up the next largest group of engineers in Ontario, and represent the highest demand in coming years. There are about 12,000 computer engineers working in computer systems design, telecommunications, manufacturing, finance and a range of other industries. More than 400 new computer engineers will be needed each year from now until 2025.

Ontario will also need close to 500 engineering managers each year, mainly to replace large numbers of the 3,000 or so now working who are expected to retire between 2015 and 2025.

Approximately 400 chemical engineers will be needed each year over the forecast period. Aerospace engineers, mainly employed in Ontario and Quebec, will be hired at the rate of about 235 per year over the next five years. Petroleum engineers are mostly employed in Alberta, and about 60 will be needed each year.

Computer engineers, meanwhile, again mostly in Quebec and Ontario, will be needed at the rate of 800 per year. About three-quarters of these will come from Canadian universities, the rest from in-migration. Demand for software engineers will be about 1,250 per year, half of them in Ontario.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Honda Canada makes its 7-millionth car, a Civic EX Sedan
  • Canadian cleantech sector strong in research, innovation, but weak in commercialization
  • High speed rail finally coming to Toronto-Windsor corridor? What will Ontario high speed look like?
  • Forest vertical cities in China: first forest city under construction covered in 1 million plants; produce 900 tons oxygen daily
  • Researchers Create Negative Mass Superconductor
  • GM investing in connected car research at Waterloo U
  • Canadian Mining Fueling the Alternative Power Boom
  • GPS III set to launch December 18: U.S. Air Force to launch via Space X Falcon 9 paylod; will be harder to jam, more secure and accurate
  • Robots, 3D printing to revolutionize building industry unchanged for 5000 years
  • Space X Mars plans become feasible: Elon Musk's multi-planet species goal may yet launch
  • Canadian Government should do more to have U.S. tarriffs removed say ministers in both Ontario and Quebec
  • Space X's Falcon Heavy could explode with the force of a nuclear weapon; over 1400 airline flights delayed by space launches in 2018
  • Magellan gets $110 million contract for Canadian satellite program
  • Jobless rate down, balance of trade up as economy shows strength
  • Bombardier to build 170 high-speed rail cars for Siemens
  • Are we ready to let go of the wheel? The current state of self-driving car technology.
  • IKEA buys Alberta wind farm
  • Geosynthetics and clean technologies – preventing contamination, reinforcing terrain and preventing erosion
  • Petronas deal could get LNG moving in Canada
  • Google's self-driving cars revealed to media for first time
Scroll to Top